• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/15/2013
  • Club Name: Johnson City
  • Project Name: Rotary Greenhouse Learning Lab and Garden Project
  • Project Total Expenditures: $6,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $3,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The Johnson City Rotary Club seeks to design, build, and help maintain a greenhouse learning lab and garden for the benefit of the children and families served through Coalition For Kids, Inc. The Rotary Greenhouse project will take place at Coalition For Kids’ main site at 2308 Watauga Road, Johnson City, Tennessee. There is ample space for the project.

    The Coalition For Kids serves low-income, at-risk and minority children in grades one through six, without preference to race, creed or color. They offer exceptional children's programming to more than 400 children each year. Presently, 98% of their kids qualify for free/reduced meals. The Coalition is committed to supporting the nutritional health and well-being of the children in their care. Coalition For Kids desires to nourish the children’s bodies as well as their minds. They are committed to promoting academic excellence, teaching the children enrolled in their programs how to be leaders through service to their community, enabling the kids to explore higher-education and career opportunities with the guidance of mentors and role models, and engaging them in positive behaviors that nurture life-long health and well-being.

    The Rotary Greenhouse Learning Lab and Garden Project has the potential to impact more than 200 children each year. Objectives and activities will include (but are not limited to): (1) Nutrition—Food Guide Pyramid, portion control, fresh alternatives, and kitchen classes; (2) Health & Wellness—diverse forms of active play, organized sports, same-gender health information sessions, and health screenings; (3) STEM/Life Science—greenhouse management, solar/thermal energy, plant processes and identification, and interactive science learning games; and (4) Entrepreneurial Opportunities—working with the local Farmers’ Market will enable the children to explore business concepts like developing a marketing and pricing plan, managing inventory, basic accounting, and ensuring quality customer service and satisfaction.

  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2013
  • Expected End Date: 10/1/2013
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: This greenhouse project will teach Coalition’s kids how to produce and sustain a successful garden. Coalition’s Assistant Director of Programming will have direct oversight of this project; lessons and activities will be delivered by frontline staff members. The opportunity to work in the greenhouse will provide children and families with fresh fruits and vegetables to eat year-round, while teaching the children discipline and responsibility as they learn to care for and sustain their plants. For example: (1) Growing fresh produce is an excellent way to teach children and families principles of life-long health, wellness and nutrition—not to mention create lower grocery bills; (2) Life sciences are an important component of STEM education; in addition to studying the concepts of sustainable gardening, our Coalition Kids will also learn about the science of plant growth and care, solar and thermal energy, and the properties of heat concentration; (3) The Rotary Greenhouse Project will also teach the children about entrepreneurship, introducing them to the world of working for themselves. As the project grows and develops through subsequent years the children may participate in local farmers’ market opportunities, exposing them to hands-on business concepts like marketing, pricing, inventory, accounting, gross/net profit, and customer service/satisfaction.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians from our club will erect the greenhouse and set up all planting benches and supplies within. We plan to have a workshop on the day of the ribbon cutting or shortly thereafter to help the children plant all of the pots. We are in discussions with Coalition for Kids to plan a quarterly work day to continue interaction and education related to greenhouse activities between our Rotarians and the children utilizing the greenhouse.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The Rotary Club of Johnson City and Coalition For Kids, Inc. will utilize multiple media venues to publicize the Rotary Greenhouse Learning Lab and Garden Project, including: a ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries, press release to local media partners (Johnson City Press, News & Neighbor, WJHL News Channel 11, etc.), use of web/social media (websites, Facebook, etc.), parent/community newsletters, and formal signage (including the Rotary Wheel) designating the greenhouse/garden area.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Coalition For Kids
  • Letter(s) of Participation: C4K--RotaryGreenhouseLOP.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload:C4K--RotaryGreenhouseBudget.xlsx
  • Primary Contact Name: Shelley Brouillette
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President-elect
  • Primary Contact Email: docshelley@hotmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-741-1257
  • Financial Contact Name: Jacob Higginbotham
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    PO Box 1187
    Johnson City, TN 37605
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  • Financial Contact Email: jacob.higginbotham@cccbox.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-943-4459
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterGreenhouse Grant Authorization Form.pdf
  • Grant Number: 1314-15
  • Grant Award: $3,000.00